By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
LiLacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/18/12
Senior attack Lorraine Hodgson scored three goals to spark West Islip to a 9-8 victory over visiting William Floyd Friday in a Suffolk County girls’ Class A first-round playoff game.
West Islip (11-6), the sixth seed, advances to play at third-seeded West Babylon in the quarterfinals on Monday. William Floyd, the 11th seed, closed at 5-11 despite a valiant comeback.
“As a team we got through and made this happen,” said Hodgson, “We practice really hard together and our catching and throwing fell apart today, but together we will get through everything.
“West Babylon is really good but we had a close game (17-14) with them during the season so hopefully we will be able to come away with the win.”
West Islip came out aggressive, opening the game on a 6-1 run through eight minutes. The halftime score was 6-2.
William Floyd fought back in the second half but senior attack Kylie Nowicki scored what eventually was the game winner with 1:55 to play to make it 9-7. Erin Byrnes scored two goals and goalie Ruthann Dooling grabbed nine saves.
“They played us a lot better than they played us the first game,” said West Islip head coach Joe Nicolosi, “Their goalie had a solid 13 saves and that is what kept them in the game.
“Our shooting wasn’t the greatest of shooting ,but overall we stepped it up. The second half we got sloppy, but we wound up picking it up and luckily the time ran out.”
William Floyd (5-11) made a strong rally in the second half, pulling within two at the 6:52 mark and then within 9-8 on a goal by Courtney Murphy with 7.5 seconds remaining. Murphy had six goals and one assist and Chelsey Sidaras grabbed 13 saves.
“I’m proud of what my girls did today,” said William Floyd head coach Brian Midwinter. “The way the game started with West Islip putting two goals in right off the bat and for us to finish with one goal down shows the character of my girls.
“It was a rough season and we didn’t have a winning record but we were still able to make the playoffs. We showed we belonged in the playoffs by going against an outstanding program like West Islip and playing until the last possible second.”
West Islip 9, William Floyd 8
West Islip: 6-3-9
William Floyd: 2-6-8
West Islip: Lorraine Hodgson 3G, Erin Byrnes 2G, Cara Douglas 1G, 2A, Kylie Nowicki 1G, 1A, Kate Beier 1G, Riley Hill 1G,
William Floyd: Courtney Murphy 6G, 1A, Jackie Santiago 1G, Caitlynn Paladino 1G, Kayla Reyes 2A, Gabby Bradley 1A, Fallon Grosso 1A
Saves: Ruthann Dooling (WI) 9, Chelsey Sidaras (WF) 13